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Looking to Rebound Against Cincy

Posted By Patrick Blakeslee On Nov 14 2010 @ 10:22 am In Indianapolis Colts | No Comments

Today’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium between the Colts and the Bengals may be fun to watch for several reasons.  First of all, the Colts will be feasting on a Bengal team that is not playing its best football.

And then there’s the impending sideline meltdown from Chad Ochocinco that will be worth the price of admission to watch.

The Colts suffered a temporary setback with their loss to the Eagles last week and are going through one of their toughest years in recent memory with regard to injuries.  Top named players like Bob Sanders, Dallas Clark and Anthony Gonzalez out for the season with injuries and then there are the week to week setbacks of Joseph Addai, Austin Collie and Mike Hart among others as well.

But this week looks to be a matchup of feasting on whose healthy.  Manning is in top form, once again setting the standard for what an NFL quarterback can and should do.  Reggie Wayne is in top form and Jacob Tamme is filling in perfectly at Tight End.  The Colts should be able to piece together enough offensive weapons for this game to give the Bengals defense fits, a defense that is allowing an average of 27 points per game over the last five games.

The one challenge the Colts do face against Cincy today is the resurgence this season of Terrell Owens.  Owens is already fast tracking his stats over last season in Buffalo, which should have been a no brainer since he has Carson Palmer throwing to him this year.  The Colts defensive backs will have to bust him a little bit more at the line and not get beaten deep to keep the Bengals from hanging around in this game.

The flip side of the Bengal receiving corps is Chad Ochocinco.  Ochocinco is not putting up the same kind of numbers as Owens is and it’s causing a little drama in Bengalville.  It seems there has been some friction between Ochocinco, Palmer and head coach Marvin Lewis and I would suspect that if Ochocinco doesn’t get the attention today he thinks he deserves, some fireworks might fly.

It should be a fun game to watch for Colts fans.  Expect the Colts to win big at home and put the pressure on the rest of the AFC South to keep up.

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